Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Kansas City Parks and Rec to remove United Daughters of the Confederacy memorial. Crews from Kansas City Parks and Recreation on Sunday covered the United Daughter of the Confederacy memorial with plywood after a vandal sprayed what appeared to be a hammer and sickle in red paint on it over the weekend. A Prairie Village man sent the parks board a letter requesting they consider removing the confederate monument last week in the wake of the Charlottesville protests and violence, raising the profile of the installation at 55th and Ward Parkway. The parks department issued a media alert Saturday saying that “The Missouri Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has requested that the Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department remove the United Daughters of the Confederacy monument from its current location to a place of safety to prevent further vandalism,” and that “The monument will be removed soon.”

Indian Hills named National PTA School of Excellence. Indian Hills Middle Scool has earned a significant distinction from the National Parent Teacher Association. After a year-long campaign, Indian Hills has been named a National PTA School of Excellence. The classification is given to those schools that demonstrate a commitment to building strong community partnerships between a school and its families. As part of the application process, Indian Hills initiated a year long program to address a chosen issue — the Indian Hills PTA chose bullying — and reported back on its results.

Prairie Village man recalls snapping photos of partial eclipse as a youth back in 1939. Laurie Russell was a senior at Lawrence High School back in 1939 when he posted up on the school’s roof to snap photos of a partial eclipse of the sun. Now 96 and living in Prairie Village, Russell told the Lawrence Journal-World about his memories of taking those photos, and how they wound up in that paper 78 years ago. [More than 7 decades later, former Lawrence resident recalls having eclipse photos published in the Journal-World — Lawrence Journal-World]